783 new COVID-19 cases, free test sites announced 


    The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Wednesday that 108,595 total Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 6,552 have died from the virus — an additional 783 cases and 13 deaths since Tuesday. 

    DHHS also reports that an additional 11,268 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well as 335 probable deaths. The department began tracking probable cases on April 5.

    After combining the state’s confirmed positive cases with probable cases, the total is 119,863 statewide cases and 6,887 deaths. 

    The state’s COVID-19 fatality rate is currently at 6.0%. The first two cases of COVID-19 were reported in the state on March 10. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer declared a state of emergency that day.

    Johns Hopkins University reports that there are more than 27.6 million confirmed cases worldwide and more than 898,757 deaths. About one-quarter of those are in the United States, where 6.3 million confirmed cases and 189,972 deaths have been recorded.

    DHHS announced on Tuesday free test sites: 

    • New Beginnings Deliverance Ministry, 2609 East Genesee, Saginaw. Hours: Mondays 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Tuesdays 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Thursdays 12 – 7 p.m.
    • New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, 33640 Michigan Ave., Wayne. Mondays 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Wednesdays 12 – 8 p.m.; Fridays 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    • Hope Community Church, 2390 Lake Street, Niles. Hours: Mondays 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Wednesdays 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Thursdays 12 – 7 p.m.
    • The Open Door Church of God in Christ, 12411 East 7 Mile, Detroit. Hours: Tuesdays 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Wednesdays 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Thursdays 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    • Epicenter of Worship, 517 W. Jolly Rd., Lansing. Hours: Tuesdays 11a.m. – 7 p.m.; Thursdays 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sundays 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    Ken Coleman
    Ken Coleman covers Southeast Michigan, economic justice and civil rights. He is a former Michigan Chronicle senior editor and served as the American Black Journal segment host on Detroit Public Television. He has written and published four books on black life in Detroit, including Soul on Air: Blacks Who Helped to Define Radio in Detroit and Forever Young: A Coleman Reader. His work has been cited by the Detroit News, Detroit Free Press, History Channel and CNN. Additionally, he was an essayist for the award-winning book, Detroit 1967: Origins, Impacts, Legacies. Ken has served as a spokesperson for the Michigan Democratic Party, Detroit Public Schools, U.S. Sen. Gary Peters and U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence. Previously to joining the Advance, he worked for the Detroit Federation of Teachers as a communications specialist. He is a Historical Society of Michigan trustee and a Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit advisory board member.